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Old 02-01-2009, 04:17 PM
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Oil leak

My truck is an '04 with about 35K on the odometer (it has sat for 3 seven month periods during my deployments to Iraq). I recently noticed an oil leak and am hoping for some help from you all. The leak is at the back of the motor dripping down from the tranny. I have two drops; one coming from the oil pan, which is wet at the lower portion and the other is dripping from the tranny. I looked and didn't notice anything from higher in the motor.

I looked in the search option of the forum and didn't find much. Are these motors prone to leak from a certain spot or does anyone have any idea of possible causes of the leak. I was going to take pics but I don't think they would do any good because I can't find the source of the leak.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:24 PM
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If your truck was a 7.3L I would bet that the leak is coming from your turbo. I dont know other then that.

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Old 02-01-2009, 08:26 PM
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They are called the 6 leaker for a reason, the oil pan is one of the leaks and there is another common leak point but dont remember where.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:02 AM
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I had a leak from the oil pan right after getting the oil changed. Took it back and they had overtightened the bolt where it pinched the washer causing it to leak. Replaced it and all is well. There is another nut on the back of the motor that I've noticed a leak from time to time but it's not bad. Figure I'll ask about it next time I have it serviced which may be a while since I don't drive it every day.
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possibly a rear main seal. l had that as well with my 04. Took it to the dealer and they fixed it under the 100000mile/5year warranty, but u will pay a $100 deductible
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:58 PM
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Well, I'll take it in. I just have a feeling that they'll feed me a line of crap telling me that nothing's wrong and it'll still leak. I'm coming up on my 5 year - 100K warranty in May so I'll get on it ASAP. I've only got 35K on the truck but the time is about to expire.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:01 PM
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Rear mains are not common. It could be the bed pan seal or possibly the ICP sensor if its on the right rear side of the engine.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:13 PM
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I've developed a leak from underneath my turbo area. Get a flash light, climb on top the engine bay, and look deep down underneath the turbo over the valley looking for any oil reflections. Remember that the back of the valley has a drain hole that leads right down over the bell housing meaning that if you have a leak from on top, the oil is going to leak down the pan and transmission and eventually to the ground.

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Old 02-05-2009, 09:19 AM
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leak

same issue with my 07, icp checked out ok, dealer is pulling the engine to re seal the pan upside down on the stand, scary!!
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